Witte Residence Hall Renovation

Rendering of Renovated Witte Exterior

March 2017 – August 2019

Construction Update
Contractors made great progress while Witte was closed for the summer, focusing on construction of the connecting tower and the new eleventh floor, as well as window replacements and other work throughout the building. Work will continue during the 2017-18 academic year, mostly with ongoing construction of the connecting tower and eleventh floor, as well as work in the basement level and some dens on resident floors. See more details below on impacts during the 2017-18 academic year.

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Witte Residence Hall, which opened in 1964, is a two-tower structure that is home to 1,150 residents in double rooms. University Housing is undergoing a major renovation to this building over a two-year span to address mechanical issues, improve the resident spaces, and upgrade the facilities.

Contractors will build a new connecting link to connect the two towers of Witte on all floors, including new elevators and new floor lounges in this central section. New, expanded bathrooms will be created on each resident floor. A new resident floor will be added to the top of building to compensate for resident rooms that will be displaced by the renovations. The first floor and basement levels will also see upgrades, with improved classroom, kitchen, and studying spaces.

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems will be replaced, adding individual temperature controls in rooms and air conditioning throughout the building (including resident rooms). All windows will be replaced to make the building more energy-efficient. Additional upgrades include replacing electrical systems, plumbing, security systems, and fire safety systems.

Other updates in this project will include carpeting of all resident rooms and updates to painting and lighting throughout the resident floors and rooms.

Live Webcam of Witte Project

Impacts on Residents During Construction

Below are some important things we want residents to know will be happening during the 2017-18 academic year

  • All resident rooms will have a window air conditioner unit throughout the year, at no charge, to provide added comfort during warm weather and to help minimize noise and dust from construction.
  • Most resident rooms will have new windows by the fall, providing added noise reduction.
  • Some basement and first floor common spaces will be closed while undergoing renovations.
  • Dens on resident floors will be reduced in size, and some will be closed during the spring semester.
  • Contractors will use the back yard as a staging area, and it will not be available for use. The green space right across the street at the Gordon Dining & Event Center will be available for use.
  • Construction during the academic year will primarily focus on the new connecting tower between the buildings and a new resident floor on top of the building.
  • Contractors will only be allowed to work from 9am-8pm daily, with additional restrictions during final exams, December 2017 and May 2018.
  • As with typical renovation projects, we are anticipating lots of activity, with some noise and vibration during construction hours.
  • Residents will NOT be asked to move rooms during the 2017-18 academic year. Residents will not be able to stay in Witte during winter break, but all of their belongings can remain in their rooms throughout the winter recess.
  • All Witte residents' room rates will be discounted $400 as a way to acknowledge any potential inconveniences.

University Housing will do our best to work with the contractors to make living in Witte a great experience and to minimize disruptions. We also believe it is important that you know about this renovation when selecting Witte Hall to live for the 2017-18 academic year.

For additional details on impacts for residents, read our Witte Renovation Frequently Asked Questions.